It’s an honor to be nominated, but sometimes the right people don’t get that honor.
Nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards, which honor programming that airs largely in the 12 months ending May 31, will be announced on Tuesday. They’re likely to be a predictable assortment of Hollywood favorites, with few surprises on the shortlist for television’s great credit. While there are plenty of actors and TV shows worthy of being honored when the nominees are revealed, we are also assured of a plethora of big snaps.magnificent performances and series. But if I could control the Emmys, that surely wouldn’t happen.
Expected nominees, such as Jean Smart and “The Crown”, to the admirable long shots (“For All Mankind” and “Superstore”), we select the TV shows and actors we would like to see nominated in the major categories. It may be a wishlist, but it deserves.
“Humanity,” Apple’s underrated drama that postulates what the world would be like if the Soviet Union had first reached the moon in 1969, has had a masterful second season, dragging its alternate historical world into huge conflicts and an emotional climax. It deserves a place with famous dramas like “Crown” and “Bridgerton”. Amazon’s superhero satire “The Boys” is good enough to be the superhero show that breaks through in this category (but Disney’s lackluster “Star Wars” series + “The Mandalorian” will likely be the nominee for science fiction / fantasy).
TV comedies have helped us get through the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic since last year, and the competition in this category is fierce. “Lasso” is forced to take the titleat the Emmys on September 19, but he shouldn’t overshadow the excellent work of his peers. “Superstore” incorporated COVID-19 better into its storylines than almost any other show. And Aidy Bryant’s “Shrill” offered a third and final season that surpassed the previous two brilliant ones.
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O’Connor got a lot of quality material with his unflattering portrayal of Prince Charles in season 4 of “The Crown” and is a serious contender. But I hope Page, who broke out on “Bridgerton” in December and cemented her star status with a big turn by hosting “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year, doesn’t just make the list, but will win gold.
Corrin, who has taken on the monumental task of portraying Princess Diana in Netflix’s drama about the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is a safe bet in this category, and her performance lives up to the hype. But beyond the stars of “Crown”, I shoot for Rodriguez, who helped make the final season of “Pose” exquisite, and Cash, who never got his Emmy due for “You’re the Worst” of FXX and has a more flashy role in “Boys”.
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We salute the year of Jean Smart. The seasoned actress enjoyed her own rebirth with performances in HBO’s “Mare of Easttown” and HBO’s “Hacks” Max, the latter sure to earn her a deserved Emmy nomination (and possibly a win). Other noteworthy contestants include Erskine, the squeak queen in Hulu college comedy, and Nicdao, who brings groundwork and sarcasm to Apple’s comedy to the video game workplace “Mythic”. .
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV +)
Josh Thomas, “Everything will be fine” (Freeform)
It’s been a weak year for leading men in comedy, and while the Emmy categories sometimes swell to eight nominees, it might be worth limiting to a few this time around. Especially when this year’s Emmys are likely to be a tribute to “Ted Lasso,” echoing last year’s “Schitt’s Creek” love festival, other shows need not apply. Sudeikis is undeniably doing the best job of his career as an American footballer turned British football coach with a heart of gold. And creator and star Josh Thomas deserves to be recognized for Freeform’s wonderfully insightful “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”. The other niches? Not a lot of very good performances in competition.
Some of the best TVs of the year compete in this category. The chess sensation “Gambit” and the Pennsylvania murder mystery “Mare” are most likely contenders for the nominations, and both were superb shows. The same goes for the excellent British drama “Destroy” and the great “Railroad” by Barry Jenkins, also favorites as nominees. HBO Max’s “Sin” is less certain, but it’s not just the best limited series of 2021 yet, it’s the best TV show. The series, chronicle of the worst episode of the AIDS epidemic in London in the 1980s, is moving and effective without the slightest trace of cliché.
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